Archive for April 7th, 2017

Nairobi Now’s latest edition

Nairobi Now – Updates on what’s on and what’s up in Kenya’s capital

Dates: April 7-9, 2017 Venue: Jamhuri Park Time: 9 am – 4 pm Entry: Free

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These are the latest events posted on Nairobi Now – you’ll find more upcoming events published on the blog:

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Kempinski at 120


(Posted 07th April 2017)

In this age of superfast and instant must 120 years sound like a methusalem, a dinosaur almost, ancient, antique perhaps but certainly not conventional as company names these days change through mergers and acquisitions and for other reasons including the fashionable rebranding.
Kempinski Hotels however would have none of that and has retained its name through the 12 decades the company has existed since it was formed in 1897.
While the main office is in Geneva was the first hotel based in Berlin, owned by the ‘Hotelbetriebs-Aktiengesellschaft‘, loosely translated as the Hotel Management Company. Berthold Kempinski after whom the group is named, himself also formed the M. Kempinski & Co which however in the 1950’s was merged with the Hotelbetriebs-Aktiengesellschaft. It was largely due to the industrious nature of Kempinski’s son in law Richard Unger whom Berthold brought into the company and later handed him the entire business on condition that the name of Kempinski must be kept in perpetuity. This was further enshrined when in 1977 the Hotelbetriebs-Aktiengesellschaft changed its name to Kempinski Aktiengesellschaft. Under their portfolio are such global names like the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Munich, the Bristol in Berlin, the Hotel Atlantic in Hamburg and more recently the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, often mentioned as the world’s best hotel.
Ever since its early days has this company in its logo proclaimed: ‘Hoteliers since 1897‘ and has found fame and fans around the world with now nearly 100 top ranked hotels and resorts. It is today the oldest hotel management company with only one hotel owned, three on long term lease but all other properties just ably managed by the group.
In Eastern Africa does the Kempinski manage the Villa Rosa Kempinski in Nairobi, regularly cited by TripAdvisor as the number 1 hotel in the Kenyan capital but also the Olare Mara Kempinski Safari Camp, one of the finest there is and again I can vouch for that as a result of direct experience.

Said the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel in a press statement just received:

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Villa Rosa Kempinski will on Saturday, April 8th, host a grand ceremony to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Kempinski Hotels.

Starting at 6.00pm, the hotel will join 73 other five-star hotels and residences strategically-located in 30 countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia to commemorate 120 years since Kempinski was started in Germany in 1897.

The celebrations kick off at the hotel lobby with welcome remarks by the hotel General Manager, Mr. Kees Heuveling. This will be followed at 6.30pm by “Ignite the Night,” the official switching on of lights to illuminate a special 120-year commemorative artwork titled Cycle of Light, by artist David Thuku.

The lighting of the artwork will become a daily ritual till December. The renowned Upper Hill School’s Redfourth Band will keep over 100 guests entertained with several songs, while a famous pianist will belt out his best tunes to crown the moment .

Guests will also get a chance to better understand Kempinski’s unique European heritage, rich history and legacy by watching a short video enumerating key milestones in the company’s journey; from its founder, restaurateur Berthold Kempinski in 1897, to the opening of the first hotel, Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin in 1952 by his grandson, Dr. Friedrich Unger.

And with the culinary arts as an integral part of Kempinski’s heritage, Villa Rosa Kempinski chefs have created commemorative 120th anniversary cakes which will be given to our guests as giveaways in special boxes. Guests will also enjoy other treats around the 120-year anniversary theme, such as a turndown service with a ‘Make a Wish’ cards that enables them to choose from three special gifts.

We are excited to be part of this illustrious history, to be part of a global brand with this outstanding and chequered history is remarkable. We look forward to celebrating 120 years of unique European hospitality with our valued guests and supporters‘ said Kees Heuveling, the Villa Rosa Kempinski General Manager.

About Villa Rosa Kempinski

Strategically-located on Chiromo Road, Nairobi’s commercial centre, Villa Rosa Kempinski is the luxury leader in hospitality industry. The hotel has 200 rooms and suites distributed throughout 10 floors, including a Presidential Suite on the top floor.

The hotel has seven specialty restaurants Cafe Villa Rosa – an all day dining restaurant, K-Lounge LUCCA – Italian restaurant and deli, Tambourin – Levant style lounge and 88 – Pan Asian restaurant will be opening soon. The hotel has state-of-the-art banqueting and conference facilities, the pillar-less grand ballroom able to accommodate 550 delegates. The 3-year-old hotel also has a State-of-the-art Kempinski The Spa which has nine treatment rooms and a fully equipped fitness centre.

About Olare Mara Kempinski

Olare Mara Kempinski is in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy in Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve. The Camp’s location brings travelers closer to their dream of a life time in the countryside yet offering a world of modern African comfort.

Olare Mara Kempinski consists 12 tented luxury canvas tents with comfortable beds made from local wood. The deluxe tents cover approximately 80 sq m and are furnished in the classic style of the grand African Safaris; with large four poster beds, offset by modern amenities. The honeymoon suite has its very own plunge pool.

The camp prides itself as an eco – friendly resort. It has the largest organic garden in the conservancy and meals are prepared using home grown ingredients, energy saving measures are also in place. The resort sources 70 % of its energy needs from huge solar power panels in the compound.

Kempinski will tomorrow, 08th of April, worldwide celebrate their 120th anniversary and to the group, the many hotels I have visited in the past, their General Managers and teams, especially here in Kenya, the best wishes and a bright future ahead as the 125th, the 150th and more anniversaries will come along.

In closing, personally I love the statement ‘Hoteliers since 1897‘ as it sets apart the boys in this industry from the men, in particular in our parts where, simply by having the money to build a hotel the owners then proclaim themselves as hoteliers without any formal training, something they would not dare if the property were a hospital as everyone would laugh at them if they tried to suddenly become a ‘Doctor‘ just because they own a clinic.

Tour D’ EAC 2017 taking shape


(Posted 07th April 2017)

The nine sections of the Tour D’ EAC 2017 have now been ‘named‘ by the organizers of the event.
The tour will cover all five East African Community member states and will commence and end in Kampala after the participants will have cycled through Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and then back into Uganda.
The Nile Stalk will see the race kick off in Kampala and move to the border with Kenya in Busia before The Longnote Sketch will take the cyclists from Busia to Nairobi.
Masai Mara Plains is the name given to the section from Nairobi to Arusha and from there will the Zenjithropous Discovery lead on to the Tanzania coast and Dar es Salaam.
Kazuramimba is the destination of the section named Sector Bigobyamugeni before Bujumbura comes into sight at the end of section Face Off Tanganyika.
The section from the Burundi capital to Kigali is aptly named The Virgin Hills Challenge before the last two sections take the riders to the Ugandan town of Mubende along the Dare the Gorilla Trail before the home stretch to Kampala then concludes the race under the name Nakayima Wonders.
Read all about the event in coming weeks when the organizers release additional information about registration, the race codes and most important sponsorship opportunities to meet the expenses of East Africa’s most extensive cycling tour.

Added details can be found via

IATA Annual General Meeting 04th to 06th of June in Cancun

IATA AGM 2017 – See you in Cancun



Update for Media personnel

I would like to remind you that press registration is now open for the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 4 to 6 June 2017 . Thanks to those who have already registered. I look forward to welcoming you to Cancun in early June. For those who have not yet registered, I urge you to do so soon, as space at the media hotel is filling up.

This year’s AGM occurs as the airline industry is on track to deliver another strong financial performance, including covering its cost of capital for a record third consecutive year. But it also takes place against the backdrop of a growing movement in some parts of the world toward restricted borders and trade protectionism. This threatens to deny the benefits of globalization that aviation enables. Meanwhile, the recent measures to restrict the carriage of large electronics on certain routes re-emphasizes that air transport continues to be a target for terrorists. These subjects, and others, are on the agenda at the 73rd AGM.

Program highlights will include

  • The IATA Director General’s Report on the Industry
  • Updated Airline Economic Outlook
  • Keynote address on Human Trafficking
  • The CEO panel
  • A full program of media briefings and the opportunity to interview IATA subject matter experts

A preliminary media program with the event highlights and special briefings is now available. Please note that a media briefing specifically on Latin American aviation issues will take place on Sunday, 3 June at 16:00 ahead of the opening reception.

Accreditation and media facilities

The IATA AGM is an invitation-only event. Sessions are open to pre-registered, accredited press, who will have access to specialized briefings, full media room facilities, including a reserved working area, wireless Internet and printers.

Registration, accommodation and visas

Please register now for this event. After your registration has been confirmed, you will receive an email with instructions on media hotel arrangements in Cancun, as well as information regarding visas. We also have a limited budget to help with travel arrangements. Please let us know if we can be of assistance.

We will be following-up regarding your participation after you register. In the meantime, if you have any questions about registration or if you require assistance with logistics, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the IATA Corporate Communications team whose contact details are noted below.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Anthony Concil
Vice President, Corporate Communications

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